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A pair of coasters to make: another free pattern

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Another pattern, just for you guys beginning to learn how to knit.  These coasters are simple, but cute!  And they make great presents.  They use simple stitch patterns in knit and purl and the pattern is easy to follow.

Honeycomb/Mini Basketweave Coaster

Materials: 4.5mm needles (4mm or 5mm would also work)

Oddment of DK acrylic

Cast on 16 stitches

Row 1 and 2: (k2,p2) repeat til end

Row 3 and 4: (p2,k2) repeat til end

Repeat these four rows these rows 10 times until you have 24 rows.

Bind off in pattern, weave in ends.

Basketweave Coaster

Materials: 4.5mm needles (4mm or 5mm would also work)

Oddment of DK acrylic

Cast on 16 stitches

Row 1 – 4: (k4,p4) repeat til end

Row 5 – 8: (p4,k4) repeat til end

Repeat these eight rows these rows twice more until you have 24 rows.

Bind off in pattern, weave in ends.

For detailed pattern terminology, I have gone through a pattern in detail in a post from a few days ago.  Happy knitting!

 

 

More Socks

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Artichoke Socks on the needles at the moment:

I think they’re turning out quite nicely.  The yarn is Wendy Happy, I’m hoping this time that they won’t grow as much as the last ones I did in that yarn, the patterns seems to be a bit tighter so we will have to see.

Unfortunately, since I took these photos my knitting needle has snapped, so these are going to be on the back burner until I can sort it out!  I’m hoping it can be a repair job with superglue and I won’t have to buy a new needle as these ones aren’t the cheapest.  However, they are brilliant needles, they’re Knit-Pros and there is no snagging over the join so I would fork out for another set if I had to!  I think these are the 2.25mm ones, but I also have a 2.5mm set for socks.  Oh well, wish me luck!

Frilly Jumper

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I’m in the process of making the Frilly Jumper from Jane Waller and Susam Crawford’s A Stitch in Time and I love how it’s coming out.  It’s a simple knit, and I think the effect is very pretty.  Here it is reclining on the sofa:

And here is a close-up of some of the stitch-work.  It’s from recycled yarn so I’m  glad it’s turning out so well.

Knit and Tipple

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Knitting Workshop @ The Nip And Tipple

Hello again!  I’m advertising my first knitting workshop at the Nip and Tipple on Upper Chorlton Road.  Always wanted to knit but never managed to get started?  Looking for a new hobby but not sure which one to go for?  Want to do something that’s fun but pretty cheap?  Come to the workshop and I will show you the basics.  If you need, there will be the chance to buy a get-started kit for £3 so you don’t even need to come prepared.  As a sneak preview, here is one of the things you will be able to make when you’ve been to the workshop.  Less girly options to follow, I’ll keep you (literally) posted!

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New Yarn

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Here is a picture off some pretty yarn I rescued from an ugly jumper, it is lovely and sparkly.  I got quite a lot – 1300 m of 4-ply, so I think I am going to make it into one of the jumpers from Jane Waller and Susan Crawford’s A Stitch In Time, a book I am madly in love with and insist that you all go out and buy now.  And possibly its sequel, volume two, which is also marvelous.  Rescuing yarn from ugly jumpers in a very cheap way to find yarn – this lot only cost me £6, whereas even for the cheapest of 4-ply in that quantity you would have to pay at least £15 for new yarn from a yarn shop.

Get me with my thrifty knitting!  How many of you out there have rescued yarn?  Let me know!

Some Cheery Socks

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Here is a picture of some socks I made out of Wendy Happy,  a 4-ply yarn made of bamboo.  They are very soft, warm and comfortable, however they seem to grow quite a lot as I wear them.  I think I may have to sew some very thin elastic into them; has anybody else had this problem?  I am working on some lacy ones in the same yarn so will update on this when they are finished.